John Regala and his biological son were reunited virtually on Monday morning (PH time).
John Regala was able to finally get to talk to his biological son John Paul Kieffer or John Regala Jr., who is currently based in the US. It can be recalled that the actor's ex-wife, Aurina Manansala Hunt, shared in an interview that their son expressed his desire to fly to the Philippines to get reunited with the actor who is currently facing health challenges.
In an exclusive report by MJ Felipe for ABS-CBN News, the actor got reunited with his son virtually on Monday morning (PH time) via video call.
"I’m very happy that I am talking to you. Before I lose hope, my son never noticed me. But it is okay, as long as he is in good hands. But now I am proud of you, very very proud of you," the actor said as reported by ABS-CBN News.
The last time John saw his son was in 2002. John Paul was still six years old when he migrated to the US to live with her mom.
The actor told his son that he is his inspiration to get better.
"When I go to the hospital, you are my inspiration to be strong enough, you know and I will wait for you here. Okay?" he stated.
‼️UPDATE #5 ON JOHN REGALA'S CURRENT CONDITION (as of August 7, 2020) Yesterday, John underwent arthrocentesis (used a needle to aspirate fluid from the right knee). Doctors submitted the fluid for tests to check if knee is infected or not. If test results show that his knee is not infected, John can receive steroids for joint pain. John is currently still taking antibiotics. For John's pain, he is undergoing pain management on board with anesthesiologists taking care of the pain medications that can be given to him as of the moment. When doctor made his rounds this morning, these were his observations: Awake; slurred speech (from previous stroke) Pain bilateral knee Fair appetite No fever; no cough No difficulty of breathing no chest pain No abdominal pain No jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin) Presently, we are awaiting remaining tests from the fluid taken from John's knee to determine if it is safe to administer steroids. Also, according to John's doctor, his liver is stable. Severe gout is also one of John's problems right now. Awaiting further updates and if (and when) he is scheduled for more tests. Please keep on praying for John's health and recovery. We will continue to update everyone on John's condition and hopeful improvement. We are extremely thankful to everyone -- friends and even strangers -- who reached out, sent prayers, and donated (in cash and in kind) to help John get better. John sends his love and gratitude to all of you. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏
UPDATE #6 ON JOHN REGALA'S CURRENT CONDITION (as of August 9, 2020) According to John's resident doctor at NKTI, John is being given continuous medication for his Liver Cirrhosis. The test results from John's arthrocentesis has finally come out. Based on the tests doctors have made on the aspirated fluid from his knee, they have ruled out infection on his joints. Since there is no infection, John is now receiving anti-inflammatory steroids to address the excruciating pain he is feeling caused by gout. John still faces a very long road to recovery and because of that we are asking for your continuous prayers and support. Please know that John truly appreciates your words of encouragement, donations, and love. We will continue to update everyone on John's condition and hopeful improvement. We are extremely thankful to everyone -- friends and even strangers -- who reached out, sent prayers, and donated (in cash and in kind) to help John get better. John sends his love and gratitude to all of you. ————— We have opened up a crowdfunding page to cover John's badly needed medical support and proper healthcare. If you would like to donate and assist in his financial burden, any donation through this crowdfunding campaign would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. You may donate here: https://bit.ly/helpjohnregala You may also donate through the following bank account which we opened specifically for John's expenses: BDO (Joint Account) Account name: NADINE MARIE INEZ M. PLA / ASTERIA A. AMOYO Account No: 002030228830 GCash 09157987428 (If you donate through BDO, please send a copy of your deposit slip to me or Nadia Montenegro Pla via PM so that we can do a proper accounting of your donation. Salamat po.)
He also apologized to his son because they have been living away from each other.
"If you think I forget you, no. I love you, because you are my only son. I’m sorry we’re apart. I didn't abandon you, I never abandon my children, I love you always remember that," he stated.
READ: Nadia Montenegro shares update on John Regala: ‘His liver is stable, severe gout is one of his problems now’
The actor is currently admitted at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute because of various health conditions.
In the latest update of Nadia Montenegro, one of John’s friends in the industry who has been helping the actor, John is currently receiving continuous medication for his liver Cirrhosis.
Nadia also shared that he is now receiving anti-inflammatory steroids for pain caused by gout.
"The test results from John's arthrocentesis has finally come out. Based on the tests doctors have made on the aspirated fluid from his knee, they have ruled out infection on his joints. Since there is no infection, John is now receiving anti-inflammatory steroids to address the excruciating pain he is feeling caused by gout," he said.
Recently, another man presented himself as a son of the actor. Also named John, he explained his mother, Vilma Santos (not the actress) a former entertainer in Japan, told him his father is the former action star.
READ: Lalaking nagpakilala na anak ni John Regala lumantad, nagpa-DNA test
He has taken a DNA test to determine if Mr. Regala is his father or not.